Reviews and Problems with Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2
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Decent Hardware, Old Software
Jon Elliott, Amazon
17 June 2012
Summary: In general, I've been disappointed by my ReadyNAS. While it may have been a nice device ten years ago, it unfortunately shows its age in its software. For a home user with modest experience with network storage, the ReadyNAS Ultra 2 seems like a typical device. It has a relatively attractive price and boasts of a strong feature set. The fan isn't loud, the networking is fast, and the rest of the hardware seems to get things done without trouble.
Summary: I must have received a lemon. Performance copying files was OK (45 - 75 MB/s), but Time Machine performance crawled between 216 kb - 2.9 MB/s. Also, it came with two Seagate ST2000DL003 installed. Less than 48 hours after first turning this on, one of the drives failed SMART tests. It was the fourth Seagate drive failure I'd had in 6 months, and I only have 4 drives in service.